When you hear the word mentor what do you think of? Call me a nerd, but personally, whenever I hear the word “mentor” an image of Harry Potter and Dumbledore pops into my head — working together to defeat evil. Through training, expertise, and support, Dumbledore used his experience to help Harry reach his full potential.
Although none of us will probably save the world from an evil wizard (but hey, who knows), we can all gain valuable insight by having a mentor. Mentors are a mix of your personal cheerleaders, Board of Directors, and a LinkedIn in real life. Their expertise and experience will be more helpful to you than you can even imagine. The impact they can have on you both personally and professionally is incredible.
1) Personal Cheerleaders
Having a mentor is like always having someone behind you cheering for your own personal successes. In a world where everything seems very competitive and cutthroat, having this positive reinforcement can give you the confidence you need to go for that big internship or job. Also, they can help you realize your strengths to accentuate and also your weaknesses that you need to work on. Having someone in your corner is always a good thing, and your mentor will always be there cheering for you to succeed.
2) Board of Directors
Like a Board of Directors at a company, your mentor will serve on your personal Board of Directors. This means that they will consult you on decisions you might make and ensure that you’re on the right path for personal success. While this might mean that they have to tell you the honest truth that might not be so easy to hear, having someone in your life that will give you this tough advice is super important.